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A new chairman and three new trustees have been appointed to the American Floral Endowment’s board of trustees, according to a news release. Dwight Larimer, president at DESIGN MASTER color tool inc. in Denver, assumed leadership at the Annual Fundraising Dinner on Sept. 22, replacing outgoing Chairman Gabriel Becerra. Larimer was appointed AFE chairman-elect in Sept. 2015 after serving as a trustee for six years. Chair of AFE’s ball and education committees,... Read more
The United States Postal Service will feature flowers from the garden, along with the 100th birthday of President John F. Kennedy, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Work Projects Administration posters, Sharks, Seashells and more in its 2017 Forever stamp program lineup, according to a news release. “The Postal Service is thrilled to provide this sneak preview of our 2017 program as we continue offering exciting new topics on stamps... Read more
Delaware Valley Floral Group has reached an agreement to acquire certain assets of Empire Floral Supply, a 35-year old company located in Syracuse, NY. The business will be consolidated into DVFlora, a division of DVFG, according to a news release. The customers of Empire will be served from the current DVFlora Sales & Distribution Center in Syracuse. Sean Young, president, and Jason Young, chief operating officer at Empire, will be joining DVFlora. “We... Read more
Civil unrest in Ethiopia  destroys Esmeralda Farms operation there, results in Netherlands shutdown
Esmeralda Farms BV closed its doors in the Netherlands permanently after its farm in Ethiopia was attacked and burned to the ground by militants on Aug. 29. According to the Dutch newspaper NRC, rebels walked about the farm for hours, destroying and stealing anything they found. The irrigation system, packing sheds, cold storage rooms, and many vehicles were all set ablaze. The farm is a total loss, with damages estimated at over 11 million dollars. “There... Read more
Zelenka Farms, which has been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, says LM Farms, which owns Gardens Alive!, has purchased the company and all of its assets, according to a news release. BFN Operations and its affiliated entities, dba Zelenka Farms, operated one of the larger wholesale nurseries in the U.S. Its products include shrubs, trees, perennials, roses and groundcovers. The owners of Gardens Alive! have successfully purchased several other companies from bankruptcy... Read more
WFC summit promotes world peace through flowers
The World Flower Council held its International Summit Sept. 1-4 at the Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, in collaboration with the Kenya Flower Council. This was the first time the summit was held in Africa and the theme was “Kenya: Fascinating Flowers, Fauna & Friends,” according to a news release. Floral design and wildlife themes were featured during the ‘Swinging Safari — The Embodiment of the Big 5+’ fashion show at the WFC... Read more
Pollen-free lisianthus developed by Sakata
In 1986, Japanese-based Sakata Seed Corp. developed the F1 variety Kagayaki — the world’s first pollen-free sunflower — which led to the increased commercial value and market expansion of sunflowers as cut flowers. Now Sakata has announced its development of the world’s first pollen-free lisianthus, and with this new patent-pending technology, Sakata foresees even greater popularity for lisianthus in the future, according to a news release. On... Read more
Seasonal California-style bouquets capture the essence of Halloween and Dia de los Muertos
Halloween and Day of the Dead are unique for flower occasions — they aren’t about love or mom or Christmas, and there are no cornucopia bouquets for this week. Though these two significant flower-giving occasions have more of a dark theme, there is still is an amazing opportunity to offer customers wonderful arrangements that capture the essence of the season. According to Kasey Cronquist, chief executive officer at the California Cut Flower Commission,... Read more
Kokedama — an emerging décor trend and hot seller for floral marketing
It started in Japan, moved to the Netherlands, and now it’s an emerging décor trend in the United States. Kokedama, a Japanese word that translates into “moss ball,” is the art of binding ornamental plants into string gardens. Also known as “poor man’s bonsai,” kokedamas are becoming increasingly popular for their simplicity, beauty and versatility. “They are very on trend,” Karen Bachman Thull, director of... Read more
Spend time with me and you will quickly learn that I am a student of leadership, both to become a better leader myself, and to foster leadership in others — in my H-E-B coworkers, my floral industry colleagues and our industry’s next generation. Every member of the mass-market floral industry faces challenges to find and train qualified, excited talent. I’m sure you and your company have experienced this firsthand. That’s why the Produce... Read more
Trend-forward bouquet design a complex process
Thomas Edison stated, “Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” Good floral designers can stand in the middle of a greenhouse filled with the most beautiful flowers that any farm has to offer and create pretty bouquets all day long. Pretty will always sell. Pretty, with a plan, will sell more. Pretty, backed by intense research, offers limitless opportunities. The floral designer is no longer standing alone in that greenhouse,... Read more
The 13th annual International Flower Expo gathers at Makuhari Messe Oct. 12-14 in Tokyo. With over 1,700 exhibitors from 25 countries and more than 55,000 visitors, it is touted as “Asia’s largest scale exhibition for the flower industry,” according to a news release. IFEX, which is held concurrently with the International Garden Expo Tokyo, AgriWorld and Tool Japan, offers a comprehensive trade show for florists, growers, wholesalers, importers,... Read more
The 2016 Wholesale Florist & Florist Supplier Association’s Floral Distribution Conference Oct. 19-21 is at a new location, the Miami Airport Convention Center. The conference’s theme is“Connect, Learn, and Grow.” Oct. 18 5 p.m. Board and Committee Dinner 6 p.m. Committee Meetings Oct. 19 8 a.m. Committee Meetings 9 a.m. Logistics Tour 2:30 p.m. First Timer Orientation 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Table Tops Open 6 p.m.-9 p.m. WF&FSA Oktoberfest... Read more
The Society of American Florists will hold a 1-Day Profit Blast, sponsored by DWF Wholesale Florist Co., on Sunday, Oct. 23 at the Denver Airport Marriott at Gateway Park in Denver. According to an SAF news release, its 1-Day Profit Blast “packs design, sales, technology and management into a one-day program, along with a Supplier Showcase where floral industry vendors share their latest new products.” Dave Gaul, DWF’s vice president of sales... Read more
The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers 2016 National Conference is Nov. 6-9 at the Hilton Doubletree in Grand Rapids, MI. “Highlights include our ever-popular Growers’ School, a line-up of fantastic speakers for our conference sessions, and wrapping up with our tour day,” Linda Twining, ASCFG’s managing director, said. “We will visit Howard and Judy Lubbers’ farm, Ottawa Glad Growers, Spring Meadow Nursery, and Walter’s... Read more
Oct. 14 7 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Women’s Fresh Perspectives Leadership Breakfast 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Innovation@work> • Fresh Ideas Showcase • Just 4 Kids Showcase • On-The-Go Showcase • Certified Organic Showcase • Floral Showcase 8:45 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Workshop Series I • Global Connections Community: How to Reach the World’s 900 Million Online Shoppers • Science and Technology Community: Emerging Trends in Food Safety... Read more
The third edition of the World of Flowers will be organized by Green Team Consultancy Nov. 2-4 at the International Floriculture and Horticulture Trade Fair in Vijfhuizen, the Netherlands, according to a news release. In 2014, it began as a tribute to special flowers and last year the flower shop of the future was on display. This year the FlowerLab will provide florists with the opportunity to meet the millenial. Through a visual tour, information and tips will... Read more
PMA’s Fresh Summit offers expanded floral programming, community
The mass-market floral supply chain will enjoy three days of floral-specific programming when Produce Marketing Association’s 2016 Fresh Summit Convention & Expo convenes Oct. 14-16 in Orlando, FL —including educational workshops, more floral buyers, a networking reception, the Floral Marketer of the Year leadership award, and the largest expo and Floral Pavilion to date. This year’s Fresh Summit is being held a week earlier than usual and... Read more
The transformative power of natural beauty
I don’t know about you, but lately I’ve felt increasingly overwhelmed by all of the nonstop 24-hour technology. Richard Louv, in his new book, The Nature Principle, states, “The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need. The future will belong to those who develop a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the natural world.” Because your mind is the sum product of the experiences you ingest — what you are exposed... Read more
David Austin Roses, a British breeder of premium English garden roses, introduced a new wedding rose variety named Purity (Ausoblige), according to a news release. Purity’s creamy-white exterior petals frame the blush undertones of its center, with the blooms opening first to a cup and then to a fully opening rosette. It has a fresh, medium-strong, pure-rose fragrance and is a medium-sized rose with approximately 90 petals per bloom. With a 10-day vase life,... Read more